Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2008

Download and Install
Make sure you download the Runtime with Management Tools from the Microsoft Express Edition Site.  This contains all the database engine, database management tools and Management Studio Express. You will need about 1 GB for the install so make sure you have plenty of space.

Configuring port 1433
By default TCP is not enabled on SQL Server. Managment Studio Express talks to the database via memory sharing. To enable listening on port 1433 goto the  "Programs" and select Microsoft SQL Server 2008 -> Configuration Tools -> SQL Server Configuration Manager. Now select SQL Server Configuration -> Protocols for SQLExpress and click on TCP/IP. Now in the Protocol tab set enabled to yes and and in the IP Adresses tab scroll down to IPAll and set the Port to 1433. Now restart the SQL Server (SQLEXPRESS) under SQL Server Services.

Finally open a prompt and telnet to the port. It should connect!


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